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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Circa 1930

Hopefully, this Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade photograph will put a smile on your face today for the holiday. The annual parade began in 1924 and attracted over a 250,000 people who were entertained by marching bands, floats, and animals. Three years later in 1927, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company produced the first helium-filled rubber balloons used in the Parade sponsored by Macy’s Department Store.

This image appears to be circa 1930 based on the appearance of the Packard and Model “A” Ford sedans in the lower right-hand corner of the photo courtesy of Macy’s Department Store.


13 responses to “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Circa 1930

  1. Question,….. Who do the balloon characters represent?

    Much to be thankful for this year and Thank You David.

    Best to all, JB

  2. I suspect that the female figure is that of Mama Katzenjammer, the mother of Hans and Fritz, and a central figure in the comic strip , Katzenjammer Kids. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  3. David,

    You’re correct, it is Thanksgiving 1930. In the background is a markee featuring the movie “Morocco” stating Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich. This movie was released on November 14, 1930.

    Happy Thanksgiving !


  4. My question has nothing to do with the post,is on the headline … which make are those red, grey and blue cars?They are painted in an unusual pattern.

  5. What’s interesting to me is that they utilized only one lane for the parade and the other lane was used by traffic. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I agree that it was 1930ish.

  6. Happy belated Thanksgiving. Agree on the date of the photo using the Taxi Cabs for confirmation. Most of them shown are K-6 Checker Cabs that are 1929-30 period. STAN SMITH

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